Anchor Steam Beer | Anchor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
5,961 Ratings
Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Steam Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other.

It is a process that combines deep respect for craft brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,961
Reviews:
2,042
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
1,249
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dms1767
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jortonsbeer
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite. Tastey.

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Photo of nijato
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpookyMulder99
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: nice Amber brown that is consistent throughout

Smell: Sweet malt

Taste: not heavy at all but also not to light, perfect balance for different times of the day

Feel: very smooth with lots of refreshing qualities. Not too gassy so it goes down easy.

Overall: very easy to drink, delicious malty flavor with a unique finish. A California classic

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Photo of jrpapajcik
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GraysonK
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle/freshness date.

L: Clear Copper. Off-white finger head.

S: Bubblegum, Malts.

T: Lemon, grainy malt, astringency.

F: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: Not my favorite beer but hard to deny the uniqueness of this brew, it is truly one of a kind and that makes it awesome. Give it a try.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whiskey_slurpee
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jg24rules
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tottel
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Steam Beer brewed by Anchor Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This California Common pours out deep golden amber color with a slight off white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. I really like the look of this brew. The smell of
Anchor Steam Beer, rich and Bold with grains and malts. There is also a mild bitterness of hops in the smell of this brew. There is alot going on in this brew so far. Now for the taste, it is Rich , And Bold with Flavors. You pick up on some nice grassy grains and malts, and a mild bitterness of hops. Really well balanced brew here. The body of this brew is really nice and heavy, not saying that is a bad thing. I like how smooth this brew goes down for how heavy it is. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Anchor Steam Beer is Bold, Heavy, Rich, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Anchor Steam Beer a 4.50 out of 5 . I would definitely look this brew up again. This is a fine drinking brew. If you are looking for something to change it up look this brew up. Anchor Brewing Company did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: super-clear amber color with a little bit of a burnt caramel color. 1.5 finger tan head with some small bubbles on top. that fades to a thick film on top

s: smell is crisp sweet malt, also this has that distinct lager aroma that we all know. there is also a big bready/dry crackery aroma. finish has just a little bit of a nutty note

t: taste is just and clean and crisp as the aroma. light caramel, huge bready dough flavor in here as well. there is a faint touch of herbal bitterness on the backend to give this a nice crispness. very clean and crisp beer, finish is very smooth as well

m: lighter side of medium on the mouth, with a carbonation level that is quite substantial

o: for me this is a good example of a beer that is simple, yet effective. i believe the way this is brewed give this a flavor thats worth trying. this is smooth and easy to drink, something you can enjoy all year round no problem

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Photo of Gardendk
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Crisp amber. White head that disappeared quickly

S: Bread. Nutts. Simply but clear smell

T: Mild. Follows the smell. Some bitterness in the end. Very well balanced

M: Crispy. Mild carbonation. Easy to drink but not watery

O: I keep coming back to this beer. Solid and never lets me down. Feel of quality and very well balanced. A good beer for practically every moment.

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bawls909
2.1/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I hate to be like this.... but the only beer they make that I enjoyed was the Liberty Ale. Everything else had little to no flavor.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jermichael
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A translucent amber with bubbles rising from the base and lots of white head. Hops give a mild, bitter seedy flavor. Malts are smooth and have a bit of a scotch flavor that sticks in the aftertaste. There is a metallic, copper dimension to the flavor as well. Overall, a solid and distinct, yet drinkable beer.

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Anchor Steam Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 5,961 ratings.
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